MUST-HAVE TOOLS FOR NATURAL HAIR

I wonder if I’m the only natural hair girl who likes to hear stories on why people went natural. Most people said they were tired of relaxers damaging their hair and others also felt the need to seek their inner beauty. My story is a little bit of both. I had long relaxed hair and honestly I cut my hair because was tired of getting cuts every time I relaxed my hair and I wanted to be able to explore and have more fun with my hair. I started with a bob, then I went to a pixie and then ended with a really low cut (sweat….as we call it in Ghana). Then I finally decided to just grow it natural after a month. I have been natural for 5 years and I have definitely learnt a few things about my hair during this journey. Whether you have natural hair or you’re considering to go natural, I think it’s best to have a few tips. Throughout my journey I have realised that you need to be open to doing your hair yourself 90 percent of the time if you live in Ghana because most of the salons have no clue when it comes to taking care of natural hair. Due to that I started doing my hair myself and these are my top ten tools that have been consistent in my routines and I think it’s time to share with my fellow natural hair sisters as our kinks and curls have a mind of its own.

  1. WIDE TOOTH COMB

This must be a staple. One of my difficult experiences will be detangling my natural hair and for many naturals as well. Finger detangling can be a great way but it’s very important to run a comb through the entire length of your hair to ensure all the tangles are out. Don’t just use any comb for detangling, it has to be a wide tooth comb. I even used it at the beginning stages when I was about 5 months in and had a cute fro.

2. BLOW DRYER

The blow dryer is very standard in my hair arsenal. I had my first blow out 6 months natural and I loved the outcome. I remember how excited I was to see my hair bigger. I don’t usually apply a lot of heat to my hair but this has been quite helpful for stretching my hair for some roller sets and slick down pony. Heat damage is actually low using this type of heat. The interesting thing about the blow dryer is that it has a cool and hot temperature so even if you don’t want the heat you can dry your hair using the cool temperature on your blow dryer. It’s also perfect and goes hand in hand with a hooded dryer.

3. HAIR BRUSH / EDGE BRUSH

Another personal favourite. The one thing I do not joke with when it comes to my natural hair is my slick down edges. There is a smaller brush for the edges but personally I prefer the bigger ones the men usually use. It’s multipurpose for me. I can use it just my edges and also for my slick down ponytails.

4. HAIR CLIPS

Honestly, trying to tackle all your hair at once can really be a nightmare. Parting off small chunks of hair is definitely the way to go. Whether you’re detangling, applying product or styling it’s very important to work in sections. It makes it easier and faster. The claw clips are a personal favourite as it’s able to grip thick hair and holds sections tight in place.

5. SCRUNCHIES / OUCHLESS BANDS

It’s very important to have the bands without the metal things in them so they do not pull your hair. You will definitely need a scrunchie or ouchless band to do a pony or a high puff.

6. SPRAY BOTTLE

This is also one of my greatest must tool for natural hair as water is imperative to moisturise natural hair. It ejects the water as a mist which makes it easier to work with. Personally, I mix water with coconut/argan oil with a little bit of leave in conditioner in my spray bottle to help refresh and moisturise prior to styling and deep conditioning.

7. BOBBY PINS

These are perfect for creating a variety of hairstyles.

8. MIXING BOWL

I use this very often. Thats what I use to mix all my products for my deep conditioning routine and even my hair dye sometimes. I know you can use whichever container works best but after my several quarrels with my mum at home for using her storage bowls for my hair I just advised myself and got my own. Moreover this is so easy to wash products out.

9. SATIN/SILK BONNET

This is probably one of the things I wish I got earlier. I used to see people use it but I never took it seriously. It’s such a staple for protecting your hair at night especially if your trying to preserve your natural hairstyles at night. Since I started using this to sleep and I realised the reduction of friction and damage whiles the tossing and turning in my sleep. It’s so easier for me to protect my perm rod sets as well. I have a friend who actually applies products in her hair before sleep sometimes so she uses the satin bonnet and it prevents her from ruining her sheets and pillow cases.

10. HOODED DRYER

The hooded dryer was my last addition to the family and I wonder why it took me this long. I would always have time to keep my deep conditioner in for longer hours and even my roller sets but since “life” happened and I have a busy schedule I don’t really get enough time to do that. It was so stressful putting my hair in perm rods and then when I wake up to style it I realise it didn’t drywall enough. As my hair has become thicker and longer, the hooded dryer helps to cut down my drying time. I also use it whenever I have to deep condition so it helps to steam my hair.

19 Comments

  1. Dornuki
    March 18, 2020 / 10:56 am

    Thank youuuuuu🔥❤️❤️❤️
    I really needed this.

    • debbsbjuku
      Author
      March 18, 2020 / 8:37 pm

      yaaay glad I could help.

  2. Senam T
    March 18, 2020 / 11:34 am

    There’s no number 9

    • debbsbjuku
      Author
      March 18, 2020 / 8:38 pm

      thanks hun.. updated

  3. March 18, 2020 / 12:05 pm

    Love it girl. Where did you purchase your hood dryer?

    • debbsbjuku
      Author
      March 18, 2020 / 8:38 pm

      thanks love. Got it from amazon a while back.

  4. Ann
    March 18, 2020 / 12:50 pm

    How do you get the Afro to stay. My hair is heavy and shrinkage won’t leave me.

    • debbsbjuku
      Author
      March 18, 2020 / 8:41 pm

      I try not to put too much products in my hair during styling as it’s easier to shrink. So I try and make sure it well moisturised during my deep conditioning session which I will be posting soon.

  5. Ann-Marie
    March 18, 2020 / 12:58 pm

    Hi Debbs, this is such a useful post. Thank you. Quick question: where did you get the hooded dryer? And what’s an alternative to the hooded dryer if you haven’t got one yet?

    • debbsbjuku
      Author
      March 18, 2020 / 8:46 pm

      Hi hun, before I got my hooded dryer I would mostly dry it overnight (meaning I make sure I start early so I can have enough drying time) or I just go to my neighbourhood salon and sit in their dryer for about 30minutes and then go back to sleep so I’m safe on trying time.For my deep conditioning I used plastic bags as an alternative and kept it on a bit longer.

      • Ann-Marie
        April 10, 2020 / 12:20 am

        Oh okay. Thanks a million. 🙂

  6. Fremah
    March 18, 2020 / 6:03 pm

    Love it! Thank you for sharing😘😘

    • debbsbjuku
      Author
      March 18, 2020 / 8:47 pm

      Thanks hun…thanks for stopping by too

  7. Ma'afia
    March 18, 2020 / 7:31 pm

    Truly appreciate Debbs for sharing❣️

    • debbsbjuku
      Author
      March 18, 2020 / 8:48 pm

      Awwwww I’m so glad I could help

  8. March 18, 2020 / 9:51 pm

    I also had long relexed hair but I went natural because of my hate for relaxers againsy skin and just because I threatened my siblings that I would. So one morning, I took a scissors, stood in front of the mirror in my road and the rest they say is history.

    But totally loved this article. I think being natural just became exciting again!

    • debbsbjuku
      Author
      March 18, 2020 / 10:00 pm

      awww thats really nice. I think we were really tired of relaxers! That was a really bold move, picking the scissors and chopping it all off, LOVE IT! and YES it is so exciting.

  9. Leslee
    March 19, 2020 / 10:53 am

    Thank u Debbie, I’m new in this so I took notes !

    • debbsbjuku
      Author
      March 19, 2020 / 9:01 pm

      You’re welcome hun. welcome to the fam!!!

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